Karnataka College Reopening News: As per the latest update, all colleges and higher education institutions in Karnataka are slated to reopen from 17th November 2020. As part of the reopening process, all post-matric hostels have been permitted to reopen in the state as well. In order to attend colleges, students and teachers will have to mandatorily undergo COVID-19 test and produce a negative report. To confirm the development, Commissioner of Health and Family Welfare Pankaj Kumar Pandey has passed an order which made COVID negative test as the minimum mandatory criteria for attending colleges for both teachers as well as students.
Colleges to Reopen from 17th November
The news about reopening of schools has been confirmed by Social Welfare Minister B Sriramulu. In a tweet sent out from his official account “As was decided in the meeting chaired by Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on October 23, the classes will begin for graduate and postgraduate students from November 17. In this backdrop post-matric hostels managed by the Social Welfare Department across the state will function from 17th November 2020. On 23rd October, the state government decided to reopen engineering, diploma and degree colleges including post graduate colleges which have been shut for past eight months due to COVID19. Furthermore, the state government has also decided to reopen Ayush, nursing and medical colleges from 1st December 2020 and also issue SOPs and Guidelines for the same.
Mandatory COVID Test for Teachers, Students
The order released by Karnataka State Government in this regards reads “As per SoP issued from Government of Karnataka, all teachers, students and non-teaching staff members of colleges and hostels shall produce a COVID-19 RT-PCR negative test report, which is done within 72 hours before the day of joining.” In line with this, the state Commissioner has instructed health staff to collect the samples from teachers, students and non- teaching staff of both colleges and hostels, without any delays and facilitate quick testing before the colleges reopen.
Laboratories around the state have been instructed to carry out testing for students and teachers through pooled testing process. The report for the pool tests will be made available via SMS and uploaded on ICMR website as well. Alternatively, students and teachers will also be able to access their reports via website: www.covidwar.karnataka.goV.in/servicel, for lab reports.